National Men’s Health Week, observed each year before Father’s Day, provides an opportunity for men to focus on being healthier and for women to support the well-being of the men in their lives.
To help men get ready for this year’s observance (June 14-20), here are some recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Complete routine medical visits and preventive health screenings. Understand the history of your family’s health conditions, many of which can be prevented or detected early through screenings and checkups.
• Select nutritious foods. Add a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, and limit foods and drinks that are high in calories, sugar, salt and fat.
• Be physically active. Adults need 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week.
• Avoid or eliminate tobacco products and alcohol.
• Recognize and reduce stress. Managing long-term stress can lower your risk for high blood pressure, obesity and depression. Use techniques to control stress, like exercise, meditation, deep breathing, hobbies and seeking emotional support.
The leading cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease, with a heart attack occurring every 40 seconds.
• Knowing the signs of a heart attack and calling 911 quickly can save lives. Common warning signs include:
• Shortness of breath;
• Chest pressure or pain.
• Discomfort in the upper body, including arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach; and
• Light-headedness, nausea, vomiting, cold sweats and extreme fatigue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USPS June Wellness Toolkit websites have more information on men’s health.